Animal Species:Vampire Flying Frog
Vampire Tree Frog, Ê´ch cây ma cà rông (Vietnamese)
Rhacophorus vampyrus is a medium-sized tree frog from southern Vietnam. The species is distinguished from its congeners by a combination of: a pale tan to brick red dorsum; white throat, chest and belly; black flanks and anterior and posterior surface of thighs; grey to black webbing between fingers and toes; reduced finger webbing; and pointed projection at tibiotarsal articulation.
4-6 cm body length
So far, the species is only known from the Langbian Plateau, in southern Vietnam.
The Vampire Flying frog occurs in montane evergreen forest. To date, it's known from dense forest between around 1500–2000 m elevation.
Terrestrial Habitat: montane, tree hole, tropical
Vegetation Habitat: tall closed forest
Although males almost certainly call to attract females to suitable tree-holes, their advertisement call has yet to be documented.
Mating and reproduction
Rhacophorus vampyrus is a phytotelm (tree-hole) breeder, depositing eggs in foam nests in small tree-holes. The species is named after its unusual, ‘fanged’ tadpoles.
Given the available information, we suggest the species should be considered Data Deficient following IUCN’s Red List categories.
Conservation Status (IUCN):
NOT EVALUATED (NE)
Rowley, J. J. L., Le T. T. D., Tran T. A. D., Stuart, B. L., & Hoang D. H. (2010). A new tree frog of the genus Rhacophorus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2727: 45-55.
Dr Jodi Rowley , Scientific Officer, Herpetology